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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Defending champions Algeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-1 defeat against Ivory Coast in Douala. Needing a win to stay alive, Algeria trailed by two goals at the break after Franke Kessie capped off a fine move and Ibrahim Sangare headed home.…
Staff Reporter. Egypt edged past Sudan to finish second in Group D and qualify for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations. Mohamed Abdelmonem scored the game's only goal, heading home Abdallah El Said's corner for the Pharaohs in the 35th minute. Sudan offered little with Egypt going…
Staff Reporter. Nigeria beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in Garoua to become the only side at the Africa Cup of Nations to win all three group games. After making eight changes to the side that beat Sudan to seal their last-16 place, Nigeria took time to warm up. Umar Sadiq opened the…
Staff Reporter. Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy feels "immense pride" to be named as Best Fifa men's keeper for 2021. The 26-year-old, who is on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, beat the likes of Italy's Gianluigi Donnarumma to the award on Monday. Mendy helped Chelsea win…
Staff Reporter. Morocco drew 2-2 with Gabon in Yaounde in one of the best games of the Africa Cup of Nations so far as both sides progressed from Group C. The Atlas Lions fell behind in the first half as Gabon's Jim Allevinah slid past the onrushing keeper. Morocco's equaliser…
Staff Reporter. Ghana suffered a humiliating group-stage exit at the Africa Cup of Nations after the four-time champions were beaten by debutants Comoros. El Fardou Ben Nabouhane put the islanders ahead early on, and Ghana then went down to 10 men when Andre Ayew was shown a straight red card…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) is still in discussions regarding the poor state of the pitch in Douala and whether Africa Cup of Nations matches may need to be moved from the arena. Cameroon's largest city has hosted just four games so far at the Japoma…
Staff Reporter. Guinea reached the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations despite losing their final Group B match 2-1 against already-eliminated Zimbabwe. Knowledge Musona's downward header and Kudakwashe Mahachi's low strike put the Warriors two up at half-time. Guinea captain Naby Keita replied with a stunning goal in…
Staff Reporter. Senegal finished top of Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Malawi. Habib Diallo and Sadio Mane went close for Senegal, while Malawi had the award of a penalty overturned following a video assistant referee review. The Flames thought…
Staff Reporter. Burkina Faso secured second spot in Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia. Cyrille Bayala lobbed keeper Teklemariam Shanko in the 25th minute to give the Stallions the lead. Ethiopia captain Getaneh Kebede equalised from the penalty spot seven minutes after…
Staff Reporter. Hosts Cameroon cemented top spot in Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. The Indomitable Lions took the lead when captain Vincent Aboubakar drilled home his fifth goal of the tournament after 39 minutes. Cape Verde equalised eight minutes after…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been released from Gabon's Africa Cup of Nations squad and will return to Arsenal because of the striker's ongoing health issues. The 32-year-old missed Gabon's draw with Ghana on Friday after scans revealed ''heart lesions" following a bout of Covid. Aubameyang tested positive on…
Staff Reporter. Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi admits his side are in a "really tough" situation after taking just one point from their first two matches at the Africa Cup of Nations. The defending champions are bottom of Group E following their 1-0 defeat by Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. The north…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Equatorial Guinea stunned Algeria to leave the defending champions on the brink of a group-stage exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Esteban Obiang slid in at the far post to convert a flick-on and net the only goal with 20 minutes left in Douala.…
Staff Reporter. Tunisia bounced back from their controversial opening defeat at the Africa Cup of Nations by brushing aside Mauritania 4-0 in Group F. Hamza Mathlouthi drove in a half volley in the fourth minute and Wahbi Khazri slotted in a second four minutes later. Khazri got his second after…
Staff Reporter. Sierra Leone scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw against Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations in Douala. The Elephants had been coasting but an astonishing mistake from Badra Sangare allowed Alhadji Kamara to tap in. Keeper Sangare fumbled a back-header and could…
Staff Reporter. The Gambia and Mali both moved to the brink of the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations as they played out a 1-1 draw in Limbe. Both goals in the Group F encounter came from late penalties awarded via video assistant referee reviews. Ibrahima Kone had…
Staff Reporter. Mohamed Salah scored the only goal against Guinea-Bissau to kick-start Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations campaign. But the Pharaohs rode their luck as Mama Balde had a stunning late equaliser for the Djurtus ruled out after a video assistant referee review. Record seven-time winners Egypt,who lost their Group…
Staff Reporter. Nigeria cruised to a 3-1 victory over Sudan at the Africa Cup of Nations which booked their spot in the last 16. Samuel Chukwueze set the ball rolling for the Super Eagles in the third minute from a Moses Simon pull-back. Nigeria doubled their lead on the stroke…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Ghana forward Benjamin Tetteh may not feature again at the Africa Cup of Nations after being handed a three-match ban. The 24-year-old was sent off for his part in an on-pitch melee after full-time following the Black Stars 1-1 draw againts Gabon on Friday. The disciplinary board…
Staff Reporter. Gabon scored a controversial late goal against Ghana to draw their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match 1-1. The result puts Gabon,missing captain Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang with 'heart lessions', on the verge of the last 16. Andre Ayew had put Ghana in front in the 18th minute, but…
Staff Reporter. Gabadinho Mhango scored twice as Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1 to boost their hopes of a first-ever appearance in the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe went ahead with a superb 38th-minute header from Ishmael Wadi, but Mhango equalised five minutes later with a controlled half-volley.…
Staff Reporter. Morocco advanced to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Comoros in Group C. Selim Amallah fired in a loose ball to open the scoring, and Zakaria Aboukhlal slotted in to complete the win for the Atlas Lions in the last…
Staff Reporter. Senegal and Guinea moved closer to reaching the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations following a 0-0 draw. The Guineans had the only real chance of the first half when Seny Dieng saved a low effort from Morgan Guilavogui. Senegal grew into the Group B clash…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Disrupted preparations have been a factor in a low-scoring start to the Africa Cup of Nations, according to experienced former manager Claude Le Roy. Clubs were only obliged to release players on 3 January, just six days before the tournament kicked off. Hosts Cameroon are the sole…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed a formal complaint lodged by Tunisia's football federation (FTF) about their game with Mali ending 13 seconds early. In a statement, Caf said the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee met on Thursday and rejected the protest but gave…
Staff Reporter. Burkina Faso muscled their way to an important 1-0 victory over Cape Verde in Thursday's second Group A game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. After an opening defeat by the hosts, this was a must-win for the Stallions, who claimed a narrow victory thanks to…
Staff Reporter. Hosts Cameroon overcame another hesitant start to crush Ethiopia 4-1 on Thursday and advance to the next stage of the Africa Cup of Nations with their second successive Group A victory. Captain Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi both scored twice as Cameroon turned in a strong second-half…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Confederation of African Football (CAF), African football's governing body, said Thursday it was gathering "all the necessary reports from officials" after Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) between Tunisia and Mali ended in chaos. Zambian official Janny Sikazwe appeared to initially call full-time on the Group…
Staff Reporter. Ivory Coast captain Max Gradel scored a spectacular winner as the Elephants narrowly beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations opener. Ex-Bournemouth and Leeds forward Gradel lashed the two-time champions ahead from 20 yards with the outside of his right foot just five minutes in…
Staff Reporter. The Gambia enjoyed a dream Africa Cup of Nations debut by beating Mauritania 1-0 in Limbe to go joint-top of Group F. Ablie Jallow struck the winner after 10 minutes as he controlled Musa Barrow's pass with one touch before scoring from 25 yards with his second. Mauritania…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mali beat Tunisia 1-0 at the Africa Cup of Nations in a Group F game which ended in controversy after the referee blew for full-time early. Carthage Eagles coach Mondher Kebaier and his technical staff rushed onto the field to confront referee Janny Sikazwe after he ended…
Staff Reporter. Cameroon will battle it out with Ethiopia in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group A match at the Stade Omnisport Paul Biya in Yaoundé on Thursday. Kick-off is at 6:00 pm CAT. The Indomitable Lions began their Group A campaign with a 2-1 win over Burkina…
Staff Reporter. Guinea-Bissau missed a late penalty as they were held by Sudan in their Group D opener in the Africa Cup of Nations. Midfielder Pele saw his 82nd-minute spot-kick kept out by Sudan goalkeeper Ali Abou Achrine, with Piqueti striking the bar on the rebound. Abou Achrine had been…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Kelechi Iheanacho was on target as Nigeria comfortably beat seven-time champions Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations Group D opener. The Leicester City striker opened the scoring in the 30th minute, burying a stunning half-volley on the turn. Nigeria dominated throughout, with Egypt keeper Mohamed El…
Staff Reporter. Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo has been suspended by football's world governing body Fifa for an alleged doping violation. The 33-year-old had been expected to be first choice for his country at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, with the Elephants facing Equatorial Guinea in their…
Staff Reporter. Algeria began the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations title with a goalless draw against a stubborn and spirited Sierra Leone side in Group E. The Leone Stars had the better first-half openings, with Alhaji Kamara sending two chances narrowly wide. After the break Algeria forward Yacine…
Staff Reporter. Aaron Boupendza's first-half finish was the difference as Gabon edged past Africa Cup of Nations debutants Comoros in Group C. Gabon forward Louis Ameka latched on to a loose ball before playing in Boupendza to strike from a tight angle after 16 minutes. In the second half Gabon's…
Staff Reporter. The Algerian journalists who suffered a knife attack in Douala on the opening day of the Africa Cup of Nations want to carry on their coverage in Cameroon. Mehdi Dahak, who owns an Algerian football website, says one colleague needed hospital treatment after suffering two "deep wounds" while…
Staff Reporter. Sofiane Boufal's 82nd-minute strike handed Morocco a narrow win over Group C rivals Ghana in their Africa Cup of Nations opener. The former Southampton winger pounced on to a loose ball before hammering his effort into the far corner. It was a rare moment of quality in an…
Staff Reporter. Guinea opened their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 win over a spirited Malawi side. The only goal came when left-back Issiaga Sylla slotted in 10 minutes before the break after good hold-up play by striker Jose Kante. Yet the West Africans had keeper Aly Keita…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A Sadio Mane penalty seven minutes into added time enabled lacklustre Senegal to beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener. Defeat was harsh on Zimbabwe, who made one of the tournament favourites look distinctly ordinary in Bafoussam. In the fourth minute of…
Staff Reporter. Julio Tavares scored the winner as Cape Verde began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 victory on Sunday over Ethiopia who played most of the game with 10 men. The Saudi-based striker headed Cape Verde ahead in first-half stoppage time in Yaounde after Ethiopia had…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in an incident-packed opener at the Africa Cup of Nations. An acrobatic volley from Gustavo Sangare put the Burkinabe ahead midway through the first half in Yaounde. But two unerring penalties from captain Vincent Aboubakar turned the game…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss Senegal's opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Zimbabwe on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus. Mendy joins captain Kalidou Koulibaly and striker Famara Diedhiou on the sidelines for their Group B opener after all three players tested positive for Covid-19.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Fifty years after last hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon kick off the continental showpiece on Sunday targeting a sixth title while hoping the spectre of the coronavirus does not overshadow the tournament. Cameroon, who play 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso in their opening Group A match…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Countries suffering Covid outbreaks will have to play their Africa Cup of Nations matches even if they have only 11 players available. New guidelines from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) state matches will still go ahead even if none of the 11 players is a goalkeeper.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Video assistant referees (VAR) will be used at all 52 matches at this month's Africa Cup of Nations for the first time. The 2019 edition in Egypt only saw the technology introduced from the quarter-finals by the organisers, the Confederation of African Football (Caf). "With Caf advancing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Egypt have delayed their departure for the Africa Cup of Nations and were forced to cancel training after coronavirus cases were reported in their camp. The Pharaohs, who have won the competition a record seven times, were due to depart on Friday but will now fly to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for Covid-19 just four days before his country's first game at the Africa Cup of Nations. Aubameyang and Nice midfielder Mario Lemina returned positive lateral flow tests on arrival at Yaounde's airport in Cameroon. Coach Anicet Yala also tested positive.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Nigeria look set to be without striker Odion Ighalo at the Africa Cup of Nations after his Saudi Arabian club Al Shabab refused to release him for the tournament in Cameroon, which starts on Sunday. The 32-year-old, top scorer at the last Nations Cup in 2019, was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sierra Leone coach John Keister says he received death threats prior to naming his squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on Sunday in Cameroon. The 51-year-old received two threats - regarding the inclusion of certain players - a day before announcing his 28 man…
Staff Reporter. Teenage Roma forward Felix Afena-Gyan has not been included in Ghana's final squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in Cameroon on Sunday. The 18-year-old, who is yet to make his international debut, and Clermont midfielder Salis Abdul Samed are the two players from the Black…
Staff Reporter. Malawi technical director Mario Marinica has named just 23 players despite being allowed to take 28 players because of Covid-19 concerns. Striker Gabadinho Mhango is in the squad despite a poor run of form for South African side Orlando Pirates and uncapped trio of goalkeeper Charles Thom, defender…
Staff Reporter. Mauritania have included a 16-year-old in their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, while Malawi have drawn heavily on locally-based talent for the tournament. Teenage AS Douanes midfielder Beyatt Lekweiry was a surprise call-up by Mourabitounes coach Didier Gomes da Rosa,who took charge in November. Lekwiery featured…
Staff Reporter. Watford's Emmanuel Dennis and fellow striker Victor Osimhen have both dropped out of Nigeria's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. The Hornets have reportedly refused to release Dennis, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season. A Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) statement said Dennis had been…
Staff Reporter. Guinea-Bissau boss Baciro Cande has named a 24-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, with half of his selection based in Portugal. Porto defender Nanu, Stade de Reims midfielder Moreto Cassama and Alfa Semedo of Vitoria Guimaraes are all included. Alloa Athletic defender Fernandy Mendy and Plymouth…
Staff Reporter. @Napoli. Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen has cancelled a planned trip to Italy to assess his cheekbone injury after contracting coronavirus for a second time. The 23-year-old returned a positive test in Nigeria ahead of his trip to Naples, but is asymptomatic according to a statement by the Serie…
Staff Reporter. Aston Villa's Trezeguet has been named in Egypt's final 25-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations despite not playing since April. The 27-year-old had an operation on a knee injury that he suffered in a loss to Liverpool on 10 April and meant he missed all six…
Staff Reporter. Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic has called up three more players to his squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon. Al Ahly defender Badr Benoun, who led Morocco to the African to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on home soil in in 2018, is joined by…
Staff Reporter. Mali have recalled Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma to their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, after three-year international absence. Bissouma was named by the Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba on Friday in a 28-man squad for the tournament that kicks off in Cameroon on 9 January. The 25-year-old…
Staff Reporter. Guinea defenders Antoine Conte and Florentin Pogba withdrew from the squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals on Sunday after citing injury, a statement said. Conte, a former France Under-21 international who has switched allegiance, said he had not yet recovered from injury after recently joining Romanian…
Staff Reporter. Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Watford forward Ismaila Sarr have both been named in the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations as they recover from injury. Koulibaly, 30, had been a doubt for the tournament after picking up a thigh strain in a match against Sassuolo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Hosts Cameroon have named a 28-man squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on 9 January. Vincent Aboubakar will captain the Indomitable Lions, who last won the tournament in 2017 and are bidding for their sixth continental crown. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, Napoli midfielder…
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